We watch television for hours at a time but the television set is never itself the object of our attention we forget the tv is in our room as we engage with images from afar. Dotted with interesting vignettes the joy of sets is a wide ranging and well researched book which provides an unconventional perspective on tv televisions earliest manifestations are discussed including its appearance in victorian novels as a kind of videophone akin to modern video messaging. The joy of sets a short history of the television chris horrocks it is a modern activity one of the primary ways we consume information and entertainment something well do over dinner at a bar or even standing on the street peering into a store window watch . Chris horrocks traces the cultural history of the television set in the joy of sets a short history of the television reaktion press 2017 horrocks is a filmmaker and professor in the school of critical studies and creative industries at kingston university in london. At a juncture when the future of the television set is being called into question with the arrival of smaller portable screens this is a timely contribution dotted with interesting vignettes the joy of sets is a wide ranging and well researched book which provides an unconventional perspective on tv
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